CK Health Connect sprung from an understanding that the roots of optimum physical and mental health lie not in hospitals or GP surgeries, but in our communities. For many people, connecting with support groups and outreach community services within their neighbourhoods is critical to achieving health and well-being.
Following a Community Open meeting in May 2019, which attracted over 60 people, we launched our project to tackle loneliness and isolation across the Charlton Kings community. Through engagement with one of our main GP medical practices Sixways, local pharmacies, churches, Community Social Prescribers and other grassroots community organisations, the Parish council confirmed the need for actively supporting 'social prescribing' initiatives across the parish. '
Social prescribing' involves helping medical practice patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to existing community services. Such an approach is supported regionally and nationally in response to the fact that 6-18% often of the UK population report often feeling lonely: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/loneliness-annual-report-the-first-year/loneliness-annual-report-january-2020--2
This is a list of the organisations represented on the "core group" for CK Health Connect:
(to be confirmed)